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Lippert Scissor Stabilizer Jacks Installation - 2011 Forest River Surveyor Travel Trailer

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How to Install the Lippert Scissor Stabilizer Jacks on a 2011 Forest River Surveyor Travel Trailer

Hi there, Forest River owners. Today, on your 2011 Forest River Surveyor, we're gonna be taking a look at and showing you how to install Lippert components 24 inch scissor style stabilizer jacks. So you can see our old jack and why we're going to be replacing it. The elements have taken a toll on it. There's a lot of rust. There's a lot of play in it.

Our hardware has a lot of rust on it as well. It's wallowed out there's pieces that are just kind of fallen off of it due to the rust. So we're going to get some new jacks on here and it's going to be a better support than this one because with the new jack we're not going to have all that play and all of our components, everything's going to be nice and solid. So by replacing this, we're not only going to ensure that we have a jacket that's going to work properly and not break on us, but it's going to be a more stable jack than our previous one. You can see here what our old jack would be like.

If there was people walking around inside the camper that's quite a bit of movement there. And we're going to go ahead and raise it up just a little bit here. And when we raise it up, you can really see where we've got a lot of play front to back. I mean this all the pivot points have just wallowed out where all the hardware is. So once we get this guy off of here our new one you'll see is a lot more stable.

And when we do a shake test you'll notice it's going to be a lot more stable on our trailer as well. And now with our new jack installed let's recheck our movement. And it does still have just a little bit of moveable. We've got significant improvements over our worn out old jacks. To further stabilize your stabilizer jacks, I would recommend JT Strong Arms jack stabilizers.

That'll give you additional support rods that go attach to the frame and attached to the feed at the bottom of your stabilizer jacks to provide an even further layer of stability. And that is not only going to make it so your trailer is solid more than it was before but it can also have extend the life of your jacks by taking up any movement in play that would be there like you're seeing now that over time will wear out the jacks. So it can minimize that movement. So you can have long lasting operation. And we're showing it off on a bumper pole, A-frame camper here, but it's going to be great also for your fifth wheel, goosenecks, your horse trailers really any challenge you want to stabilize to where you have a 24 inch distance between the frame and the ground that you need to take up, this jack is going to be a great solution. With 5,000 pounds of support on our jack, that's going to be more than enough for any trailer out there because you're not supporting the entire weight to the trailer, just one corner. So if you have a 10,000 pound trailer and you've got four jacks on it that means each jack's supporting about 2,500 pounds. So there's more than enough capacity in these jacks to support. And 24 inches is going to be more than enough for most of your trailers out there to achieve good stability down on the ground. And the bow-tie base provides plenty of surface area. So even on those softer, muddier surfaces, we're going to get the support we need. And we're not just going to sink down right into that soft terrain. And many of the campsites that you park on, they're not going to be perfectly level. And while these aren't going to give you complete control over leveling your trailer, it is going to help out in subtle situations where if you've got a slight dip to one side, maybe you drop something that rolls so that way you can get a little bit of lift on these jacks to help level you back out. So you can have the most comfortable sleep and enjoy the time in your trailer. These stabilizer jacks come in a quantity of two. So you'll get one for each side. If you're wanting to replace all the jacks or fully load out a trailer, you want to pick up two sets so you'll have a set for both the front and the rear. The included tools you use to operate your jacks. You'll spin it clockwise to drop the jack down and counter-clockwise to retract it back up. This is a quick and easy way to get jacks on your trailer or get some old ones replaced but there are better options out there but they're more work to install. If you're just looking for a an entry-level option, that's quick and easy to get on your trailer so you can get that stability you need, then this is definitely a great way to go. You've got plenty of support here and these are known for good long lasting operation. And you can see that they're very easy to operate with the included tool. But if you wanted something that is a bit nicer, Lippert does offer full electric powered stabilizer jacks, and ones that will even auto level your trailer for you. So that way you don't even need any tools. You just kind of hit a button on the inside. Those are going to be a lot more costly and the installation is going to be a lot more involved, but they do save a lot of time at the camp site. So you can be setting up and doing other things that you want to do when you reach your campsite, rather than coming out here and dropping down your jacks and trying to get it level. Let the computer system do that for you. With our jack fully retracted, it's about four and a quarter inches from the bottom of the frame. If we we're to fully extend the jack it would be 28 and a quarter inches from the bottom of the frame to the bottom of the jack. That gives you 24 inches of travel with this jack. So it's going to take up plenty of space. It's not two feet from here to the ground, so you can see we can easily achieve our stability that we need with these. The entire unit's going to have a black powder coat finish on it, to protect against rust and corrosion. And it does come with new mounting hardware. So that way you've got everything you need to get this jack installed right out of the box. You will need to do some drilling in order to get the new hardware installed. But if you're just doing a replacement of old jacks in many cases, you can just reuse your old hardware and just bolt this jack right up to where your old one was. Now, it's pretty common that the jacks that came with your trailer after a few years, five, ten, even some of them fail way before that you get rust and all this play in there, you can replace them to restore all that lost performance you've got. We're going to remove the factory bolts that are holding it on. On ours here, it's just a self-tapping screw. And that's what it is in most cases that hold these on, ours are going to use a 10 millimeter socket to remove the hardware. Now you want to save this hardware, and you do get new hardware included with your kit but if you're replacing old jacks there's really no reason to drill additional holes in your frame unless you have to. So we're going to be reusing the old hardware. Once we take out the last bolt, we can then slide our jack out, and set it aside. We can now take our new stabilizer jack and put it up into place and then re-install it using the existing hardware. You do also have the option to use the hardware that it comes with, but if we look here and compared to our old hardware, this hardware here is a different thread, pitch, and size. So we would have to drill to adjust to this and the customer don't want us to drill additional holes. This hardware is very similar though. It's just a little bit larger. So if you are gonna be adding jacks to where there wasn't one before, then I highly recommend using the hardware that it comes with. In order to install this hardware, you will have to pre drill a hole for it to run into and you'll want to use a 15, 16th drill bit to make that hole. And then this will just run right up into the hole and it'll create its own threads. These ones here that the factory hardware had a tip on the end that creates its own hole self-tapping right here. So we're going to reuse those. We're just going to pick this back up and line up the holes in our jack with the pre-existing holes that we have in the frame. And then we can just run that into place. I want to get a little bit loose at first, so that way I can kind of pivot this around and make it easier to get the rest of my hardware installed. May want to loosen it up just a little bit more than that so we can move it around more. And then we can just install the rest of our bolts. When installing your bolts, you'll notice that you'll have four different slotted holes here. This gives you plenty of options for the various different style of frames out there. Whether you have a C, H, or I-beam, should be able to get the appropriate attachment you need to your frame using these various holes. For your typical I-beam, we're going to be using the holes inside and out here. So you can see we've got reason one there, we're also going to be using the one over there. There's also holes on the end if you wanted a weld that on you can tack weld in through the holes here on the end. Now that we've got this one installed, we'll install the other one on the opposite side, the same way. And then we can operate our jacks. We're going to use the included tool, it'll slide on the end of our jack. We wanted to make sure we put the opening out when we installed it, so that way it's easy to get our tool on here and we can easily screw it down. And we're just turning it clockwise to drop it down. We would turn it counter-clockwise to retract it once we we're done. And this one compared to our other one is so much smoother and nicer. Our rod's not bent where it threads it down. You can see that there's no movement or play in it as it's coming down. Now it does have just a little bit there but compared to our old one, especially up here where the top part we're attached, there was so much play on our old one up there, and we don't have any. This is a pivot point down here at the bottom, so we are supposed to have a little bit of movement there. So that way, when it hits the ground, it can adjust so that way it sits flush on the ground. We are gonna go ahead and bring it all the way down now. And we're going to put just a little bit of pressure on this one, and then we can do the same with the rest of our jacks to get our whole trailer nice and stable. And that completes our installation of Lippert components, 24 inch scissor style stabilizer jacks on our 2011 Forrest river surveyor..

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